Breech Advisory Board

Mission

The mission of the Breech School Advisory Board is to advise, promote and proactively support the interests of Drury and the Breech School of Business Administration to improve the visibility and enhance the reputation of the Breech School of Business Administration in the regional business community. The Board helps the School achieve its mission of providing quality undergraduate and graduate programming, resulting in graduates who possess the skills and abilities needed to excel as a professional in the business community.

Objectives

  • To function as an advocacy group for Drury University and the Breech School of Business Administration.
  • To advise the Director and faculty on the strategic direction of the Breech School of Business Administration.
  • To enhance the communication of the Breech School with the business community through the professional exchange of ideas related to current and future business and academic issues.
  • To provide advice, guidance, and assistance in placing Breech graduates in career positions and internship opportunities.
  • To work with the Director and other members of the University faculty and administration to promote the school, build its reputation and prestige and acquire the resources necessary to support the mission and objectives of the Breech School of Business Administration.
  • To assist in recruitment of students for the School.
  • To provide a resource of business and professional community members to share their expertise in the classroom.

Advisory Board Biographies

James B. Anderson, President, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Jim Anderson has been the president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce since 1988. Prior to this, Anderson spent nine years as the president of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and many years as a school administrator and teacher in Jefferson City public schools. In 1971, Anderson earned his bachelor of science in education from Southwest Missouri State University.

In 1984, he graduated from the Institute of Organization Management at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx. Currently, Anderson holds many board positions at local, state and national level, and is a former chairman of his national professional association, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is a past president of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri and received the Top Level Award in 1989.

Locally, Anderson is a member of the Springfield Rotary Club and the Breech Advisory Board. He is also a past chairman of the United Way and past president of the Urban Districts Alliance. In 2001, Missouri State University awarded Anderson as one of three "Outstanding Alumni." The next year, Drury University honored Anderson with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Anderson has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003.


Julie Barker, Sr. Vice President, Metropolitan National Bank

Julie Barker earned her undergraduate business degree from Drury University in 1982 and then came back to Drury and earned her MBA degree in 1995. While at Drury she served as Class President, President of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and was active in Student Union and Ambassadors. Julie has been in banking and/or mortgage banking her entire career. Her 29 years of experience in the financial industry has all been served from the Springfield market. She is presently the manager of the Mortgage Division of Metropolitan National Bank, one of the largest independently-owned banks in southwest Missouri. Prior to joining Metropolitan National Bank in December of 2009 she helped manage and develop the mortgage lending divisions of OakStar Bank, The Signature Bank, Mid-Missouri Mortgage and Boatman's National Mortgage AKA Bank of America Mortgage. Julie has served on the leadership boards of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Springfield's Best, Campbell Methodist Church, Pershing Middle School and Eugene Field Elementary. She also is an active participant in Southwest Missouri Museum Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mortgage Bankers Association and National Association of Professional Mortgage Women. Barker joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2006.


Jan Baumgartner, Executive Vice President, Springfield First Community Bank

Jan Baumgartner earned her Business and Economic degree from Drury University in 1974. While at Drury she was on the Student Union Board and Drury Ambassadors. She has been in banking her entire career and is Executive Vice President of Springfield First Community Bank. Jan is currently serving on the Drury Board of Trustees, Council of Churches of the Ozarks Board, United Way of the Ozarks Board and a member of the Audit/Operations committee for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. She's also involved with Leadership Springfield, Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club and a sustainer with the Junior League of Springfield.


Jane M. Bennett, Partner; Bennett Capital Partners, LLC

Jane Bennett, Operating Partner, of Bennett Capital Partners, - Private Equity and Investment Firm; has been an active member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2005.

Jane previously for 20 years, (1990 through 2010) was Co-Owner of THE MAIMAN COMPANY,  a Premier National Manufacturer of Architectural Wood Doors. The Maiman Company was voted "2001's Manufacturer of the Year" by The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce;  and "1997's Innovator of the Year" by The National Woodworking Machining Industry Association (WMIA);  and, "1997's  Small Business of the Year" by The Southern Governor's Association, (13 Southern States)     After Bennett's sale of The Maiman Company to an International Publicly Held Company,  Jane and her family formed Bennett Capital Partners. 

She is an active member of The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce having previously served a 3 year commitment, on the Board of Directors.  
Jane was also involved and served three simultaneously, 2 year commitments each; as member of the East Partnership Industrial Center's Board of Trustees.   
Jane Bennett was one of the first key participants in the Breech MBA Mentor Program, being a mentor for three years.


Per-Ola Brinck, Insurance Agent, Brinck Insurance Group LLC

Per-Ola Brinck has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003. He owns his own insurance agency Brinck Insurance Group LLC. Brinck graduated from Drury in 1983 with a degree in business administration. While at Drury, Brinck also was a member of the swimming team for four years. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents, Springfield Contractors Association, and Collegiate Swimming Officials of America (CSCAA).


Michelle Dickemann, Vice President/Chief Operation Officer, M D Publication, Inc.

Michelle Dickemann graduated from Drury University with a bachelor of arts in education. She is also lifetime certified in physical education, grades K-12, since 1986. While a student, Dickemann participated in swimming, volleyball, cheerleading and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Dickemann is a Vice President/Chief Operation Officer for M D Publications, Inc. She joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2005 and is also a member of the Automotive Undercar Trade Organization Board of Directors and Southwest Missouri Swimming Advisory Board.


Rob Dickerson, Owner of Rob & Bud's Pizza, LLC

Rob Dickerson is the Owner of Rob & Bud's Pizza, LLC, which is one of the largest Papa Murphy's franchisees in the Midwest. He is also a commercial insurance agent with S&S Insurance. Dickerson graduated from Drury in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He then went on to Southern Methodist University to earn his Masters in Business Administration in August of 1991. Rob is also a member of the Board of Directors of Voyager Marine, the Papa Murphy's Franchise Association Board, and the Franchise Advisory Board of Papa Murphy's International.. Prior to his current business activities, he was an owner/officer for Laker Fishing. Dickerson was an adjunct faculty member at Drury and a member of the Business Advisory Board for Drury SIFE. Dickerson joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2008.


Curtis Dinan, President – Natural Gas, ONEOK, Inc., and ONEOK Partners, L.P.

Curtis Dinan is the President – Natural Gas for ONEOK, Inc., a Fortune 500 Company, and ONEOK Partners, L.P. His service on the Breech Advisory Board began in April 2003. Dinan is a 2008 graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Dinan received a bachelor of arts in business administration and accounting from Drury in 1989. He was a member of Kappa Alpha. Prior to working at ONEOK, Dinan was a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP from 1989-2002 and a partner at Grant Thornton LLP from 2002-2004. Dinan is on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce. Dinan has served on the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tulsa as treasurer and president, and is a past board member and treasurer of the Child Abuse Network. Dinan is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, where he also served as the treasurer and board member. Dinan resides in Tulsa, Okla.


Joe Easter, Attorney, Easter Law Firm, LLC

Joe Easter attended Drury University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2000.  He went on to attend University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, where he graduated in 2005 with a Juris Doctorate degree. Immediately upon graduation, he passed the bar exam and started practicing law in Springfield.  In 2006, Joe returned to Drury and furthered his education, graduating in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. That same year, he opened his own law practice, Easter Law Firm, and practices in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation.  He also participates in numerous community service projects and assists many charitable organizations in his free time.  


Eric Engel, President, Riverside Inn, Inc.

Eric Engel is the president of Riverside Inn, Inc. He graduated from Drury University in 1970 with a bachelor of arts in biology and in 1993 with a Masters in Business Administration. While completing his undergraduate studies, Engel was also a member of Drury's men's basketball team. Engel is a Rotarian, and continues to be involved in restaurants and real estate, including sales, development and building. He has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003.


Brent Garrison, Senior Business Manager, Acosta Sales & Marketing

Brent Garrison is the Senior Account Manager at Acosta Sales and Marketing in Springfield. Before working at Acosta, Brent was territory manager for Smith-Kline Beecham and vice president of perishables at Premier Marketing, Inc. He graduated from Drury in 1988 with a bachelor of arts in business administration. While at Drury, Garrison was the Student Union Board President, a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, and a member of Drury Singers. In 1988, Garrison was crowned Joe College at Drury. Currently, Garrison serves on the Alumni Board of Kappa Alpha, and the Executive Board of Greenwood Laboratory School. He is also a member of the Springfield/ Branson Salvation Army Advisory Board and Advisory Board for Lake Country Soccer. Garrison has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2004.


Walt George, President of American Italian Pasta Company and Corporate Vice President of Ralcorp Holdings

Walt George is the President of American Italian Pasta Company. George graduated from Drury University in 1979 with his bachelor of arts. He obtained his master's in business administration from Rockhurst University . While at Drury, George was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003.


Camille Lockhart, Partner, BKD

Camille Lockhart is a partner and CPA with BKD, an accounting firm, in Springfield, Mo. She is a member of the Breech School of Business Advisory Council Board of Directors, Ozarks Technical Community College Middle College Advisory Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Junior League of Springfield.  She is a former board member for the Girl Scouts of Dogwood Trails Council, Inc. and was selected in 2006 as one of 20 "Most Influential Women" in the business community by Springfield Business Journal and in 2004 as one of Springfield's "40 Under 40."


Alice Stewart, VP of Clinical Systems for Mercy

Alice Stewart is the Vice President of Clinical Systems for Mercy Health System. She received her bachelor of science in medical technology from Missouri Southern State College in 1982 and her Masters in Business Administration from Drury University in 1993. In 2004, Stewart also received her MHA from Southwest Missouri State University. She is a board certified healthcare executive and a board certified medical practice executive, as well as a registered medical technologist. Stewart serves as faculty of the Bayer Institute for Health Care Communications. She is also a member of the American College of Medical Practices Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served on the Breech Advisory Board since 2003.


N. Keith Noble, Executive Vice President, Commerce Bank

Keith Noble, executive vice president of Commerce Bank, has been a Breech Advisory Board member since 2003. His previous banking experience includes executive vice president of Guaranty Federal Savings Bank and senior lender to executive vice president at Mercantile/Firstar Bank. Noble graduated from Missouri State University in 1982 and received his Masters in Business Administration from Drury University. Currently, Noble is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club, where he has served as past treasurer and past board member, and a board member for the Boys and Girls Town and Salvation Army.


Steve Nurnberg, Consultant

Steve Nurnberg earned his degree in business administration from Drury University in 1971. While a student at Drury, Nurnberg served as the freshmen class president, sophomore senator and the president of Lambda Chi Alpha. He is an Executive-in-Residence with the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Drury, and he owns and operates Bevinco of Southwest Missouri and works with the Kingsley Group as a management consultant and business broker. His previous experience includes several management positions with Verizon Wireless, chief operating officer of Hudson Valley Data Net, executive vice president of Operations Americom, Inc. and president of Superconducting Core Technologies. Nurnberg is a past board member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and Spectral Solutions, Inc. and currently serves as a board member for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools and the Development Center of the Ozarks. Nurnberg has been a Breech Advisory Board member since 2003.


Denean Pryor, Account Supervisor, Noble & Associates

Denean Pryor is an account executive with Noble and Associates in Springfield. She is a 1991 graduate from Drury University with a bachelor of arts in business administration and communications, with an emphasis on public relations. Pryor also received a Masters of Business Administration from Drury in 1996. She serves on the women's foodservice forum, and prior to working at Noble and Associates was employed at French's Foodservice as the Brand Manager. Pryor has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2004.


Don Rollins, DVM Animal Health & Nutrition Services (Retired)

Don Rollins is a retired Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Animal Health and Nutrition Services, LLC in Springfield-Ozark, MO. Rollins attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri at Columbia graduating in 1970. He has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003. Rollins has served various roles as member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.


Gorm Tuxen, President, Tuxen & Associates, Inc.

Gorm Tuxen received his bachelor of arts and his bachelor of business in 1978 and 1979, respectively, in Denmark. He then went on to earn his Masters in International Marketing and Export Management in 1982 at The Danish School of International Marketing and Export in Herning, Denmark . Tuxen currently is the president of Tuxen and Associates, Inc., an international business development company. He has previously worked at Domino Furniture, Inc., Eurostyle, Inc. and European Export Consulting. Tuxen also was the Director of Management and Business Development for Duncan Industries in Harrison, Ark. He has been on the Breech Advisory Board since 2003.


Brad Weaver, CEO and Chairman of the Board for First Home Savings Bank and First Bancshares, Inc

Brad Weaver is the CEO and Chairman of the Board for First Home Savings Bank and First Bancshares, Inc. Weaver is a 30 year banking veteran having also worked at Mid-Missouri Bank and UMB Bank. He has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003. Previously he was president of Weaver Architectural Products. He is a board member of Abilities First which is the Greene County Board for the Developmentally Disabled.